Next time you sit down at a restaurant, take a look around you. How many patrons are talking, texting or playing on their phones?
One Los Angeles restaurant is hoping to change this increasing trend by offering customers a discount if they agree to check their phone at the door. Southern California Public Radio reports the owner and chef of Eva Restaurant, Mark Gold, saying that the incentive is not because phones are disruptive in a dining setting but because "Eva is home, and we want to create that environment of home."
"It's about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone, and we're trying to create an ambiance where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company."
How has the deal been received at the restaurant so far? SCPR reports Gold saying a little less than half of customers have parted with their beloved phone.
"I think once the server approaches the table and they're presented with the offer, they like the idea of actually talking to each other again," he said to SCPR.
Listen to Gold's interview here.
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